A tried and tested model of delivery that’s proven to get results
Open Cast began back in 1999 as a drama group. The need to address the issues facing young people outside mainstream education, employment and training soon became apparent and in response Open Cast developed into a full time support and training service.
We were incorporated in 2002 and became a Community Interest Company in 2006
As the name C.I.C. suggests we are a 'not for profit' group working solely for the benefit of the community
True to our roots we work in creative and imaginative ways to engage young people and bring subjects to life for them.
An essential element of our model is the induction process. We never accept a young person without first meeting them along with their referrer to ensure that Open Cast is right for them and that they’re right for Open Cast.
By inviting potential new members to visit before joining us, they have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the environment and staff so that they feel at ease on their first few days.
During the first week, each young person has a 1:1 meeting with his or her assigned personal mentor who will help to develop an Individual Learning Plan and an Individual Support Plan.
All our programmes are tailor-made for each individual - because one size does not fit all. By ensuring that we guide each young person towards appropriate courses that meet their needs and goals AND interest them at the same time, we give young people ownership and responsibility for their own journey.
We’re there throughout the journey to support, advise and guide young people, identifying barriers and issues along the way, so that we can work towards overcoming them. Our personal mentoring programme is key to our success.